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like this, engaged in the mundane task of nurturing local government. afghan national police now man this lookout over a small southern village, while their u.s. green beret advisers work with local leaders on civic improvement. >> once the afghans can take care of themselves and they're self-sustainable, they're telling the negatives, we don't want you here. we don't need you here. >> reporter: the plan is to train afghans to secure themselves by 2014. but u.s. commanders want assurances that until then, afghans will guard their back. >> it's their leadership that has to come to play to reduce the threat to us. >> reporter: over the last eight days i've seen a lot of interaction between u.s. and afghan troops. some of it relaxed. but, brian, at all times there's one or two fully battle-dressed american soldiers with their fingers near the trigger, just in case. >> lester holt starting off our coverage in kabul tonight. lester, thanks. now to our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, also in kabul, on what's been accomplished and what hasn't in over a decade now in that country
in the last year and a half. this weekend a major new battle began between the government and rebel forces in a key city. nbc's ann curry was inside syria this weekend and is along the border with turkey tonight. >> reporter: lester, good evening, the war in syria has taken a dramatic turn as rebels has launched a massive talk on multiple fronts. just 40 miles from the tur,ish border. this weekend as fighting raged a large part of the treasured marketplace, a world heritage site that dates back to the 14th century was burned to ashes. the army says if they can take the city, they will strike a critical blow to the regime in a war that has killed as many as 30,000 people so far. our news team traveled inside syria this weekend and a rebel commander told us he is frustrated by the power of government warplanes. he told us if the world enforced a no fly zone or gave the free syrian anti-aircraft weapons, this war would be over in two days. many fear this war could become a wider conflict, as many as 700,000 refugees could flee syria by the end of this year. >> ann curry on the syrian boarder.
the impact? >> i wish we had better elections in this country. the reason we have bad government in the country is because we have bad elections. what i mean by that is we don't talk about the important issue. one thing that both sides could agree on today is the pace of deficit reduction. they may go about it different ways but we need to bring the deficit down gradually. right now we are facing the fiscal cliff. nothing will be resolved before november. i believe political forces after the november election will push both sides to a compromise. the one tax that will come down is the uncertainty tax. the uncertainty of washington politics will be positive for the u.s. economy. >> that's true. companies have been in lockdown mode. they don't want to make a decision with uncertainty out there. >> it is infuriating. >> it is. >> watching washington not understand the incredible drag they put on the u.s. economy by not making a decision. american business is very good at makes money if they tell you the rules of the game. it is like you are playing the first half of the game but you
. >> there are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. and they will vote for this president no matter what. and so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince those people that they should take responsibility for their own lives. >> how will anybody buy that he cares about 100% of the country after those remarks? >> first of all, david, where i am, i couldn't see the images in the ad. i could just hear the voiceover so i can't comment on the ad. but here's what i know governor romney believes, because i have spoken to him. he believes that every american has to have skin in the game. he believes that every american wants to be part of a shared sacrifice to bring its people another opportunity for greatness. and that's what he was really talking about. was that comment inartfully put? absolutely. i have said it publicly as has governo
require the dmv to come up with rules governing these cars. google has been testing autonomous cars on the roads of northern california for quite some time but it has needed special permission each time from local authorities to do this. starting next year, it no longer leads permission because of this new law. the bill is not without its critics. there are privacy concerns because in the future autonomous cars must share data with other autonomous cars to avoid collisions on the road. we're talking about gps and sensor information that would be collected and disseminated from a central location basically tracking your movement. an amendment does require the car maker to tell drivers how it shares that kind of information, but there's this group called consumer watchdog and they think the amendment needs to do a better job of protecting our future robot car owners from hackers. they also question whether this amendment adequately addresses the issue of whether that gps information would be available if the car were, let's say, not in its autonomous mode and you actually had your han
to overri override. the dmv will govern the rules and regulations. google has been testing these cars in california for years logging 300,000 miles without an accident, according to the company. the company has needed special permission from local authorities to do so. that is no longer the case when this law takes effect. you mentioned privacy concerns. in the future, autonomous cars will share data to avoid collision on the road. talking about gps and sensor information. there is language in the law that deal was this. one consumer watch dog group doesn't think it goes far enough. backers believe autonomous cars will make the roads go safer considering most of the accidents on the roads are the result of human error. reporting live, bob redell, nbc bay area news. >>> scores for the s.a.t. for the class of 2012 have reached a four-decade low. according to the college board, scores declined among every racial group except of those of asian descent. 57% did not score high enough to consider likely success in college. many contribute the decline of record number of students taking the t
of the presidential palace itself. the government said four guards were killed, while the opposition put the deaths at dozens. nbc's bill neely was in damascus today when the rebels attacked >> reporter: two bombs striking the very heart of the regime's power. one bomb exploded inside, another was a suicide attack from the road. it is 7:00 in the morning, watch the white van. the driver, detonated it at the site of the army compound. around five minutes later, another bomb, this time in the army command building, which quickly catches fire. then, chaos, fire erupts. the rebels say their men attacked the building. the two huge explosions and gunfire lasting for hours could be heard for miles across the city. in damascus, there is no more important military building than this one. it is the headquarters for all the army's top commanders. its location is important, too, because it is just opposite syria's state television headquarters. and not far away, the president's palace, no question he would have heard the explosions. the regime initially said nobody died here. later it said four guards were kil
. the law states that the federal government will only recognize traditional marriages, meaning no federal benefits even where same-sex marriage is legal. >> same-sex couples are denied hundreds of different rights and benefits that are provided to married different-sex couples under federal law. >> reporter: on the document as well, whether to curtail parts of the historic voting rights act of 1965. it mandates federal oversight for states with a history of voting discrimination when changing any rules for elections. challengers say the law is outdated and unnecessary. a big lineup of cases that could change the landscape of civil rights in america. francis coe, nbc news. >>> here is a look at other stories making news early today in america. in maine a group of strangers spring into action when an elderly woman drove her car into the portland harbor. the ban of good samaritans pulled the 84-year-old out of her car moments before it sank. the woman is in stable condition. some of the rescuers had to be treated for hypothermia. >>> karma geddon two has come to an end just for the end of th
may have heard, according to a government study between 2007 and 2010 the median america family lost almost 40% of its net worth. many american families are falling out of the middle class and straight into poverty. in fact, for the first time there are more poor people living in the suburbs, the traditional home of the middle class, than in cities. we've been following three families as they confronted poverty for the first time. we've been with them on job searches and welfare offices, in their kitchens as they face losing their homes and their futures. yet never losing themselves. diane windemuller is the kind of do it all mom you often meet in the affluent suburbs of boulder, colorado. >> we're going to get some groceries. pasta, rice, cereal, a gallon of milk possibly, and eggs. >> she's an ambitious human resource executive with a masters degree, a husband, three kids, and a comfortable home. so what is diane doing here? >> you're entitled to the government commodities today. could you use rice crispies? >> yes. >> at a food pantry. >> i never imagined we would be in this kind
police out in force, trying to stop a mass anti-government rally. riot police used tear gas, pepper spray, against scores of demonstrators. after all the violence broke out. it happened near parliament. police say protesters have hurled molotov cocktails, bottle, at officers. about 50,000 people actually joined in today's march in central athens to strike against new austerity measures. the country is in the midst of a financial crisis and is threatening to take the rest of the european union with it. >>> also developing overnight, closer to home, in san jose. beaten up while out on his break outside a popular bay area restaurant. this morning, a chech remains hospitalized. a chef remains hospitalized. police are trying to find the person who sent him to the hospital. we are live in san jose with all the details. >> reporter: there are still so many unanswered questions about what actually happened overnight in east san jose. police still trying to figure out if this man was shot or stabbed. they're still looking for the suspect or suspects wanted in this case. it happened outside las pal
. they want to know what steps government agencies are taking to prevent incidents like that massive refinery fire from happening again. >> it's our rule to ensure that the different regulations we have in legislation that are in place have they been enforced. has the company been complying, do we have adequate tools for enforcement? are there things that come to light that indicate that we need to make some adjustments? is there new legislation needed. people want to feel that they're safe. >> chevron is issuing an industry alert about the corrosion in the pipe that caused the blaze. the plant manager has revealed the pipe was manufactured with a low level of silicon. allowing the metal to corrode faster than expected. >>> thousands of circuit breakers in the bay area have a dangerous flaw. >> our chief investigate has the results. >>> a restaurant opening tomorrow is raising eyebrows about what's on its menu. it has some people horrified. >>> cool in the south bay, with numbers dropping into the mid-50s. what will this mean for your morning hours? temperatures expected in the mid to upper 5
just wait. >>> just ahead, the government changes a policy that makes immigration and gay rights activists happy. stay with us. ♪ just put a little bit of yourself ♪ ♪ in everything you do [ female announcer ] add your own ingredients to hamburger helper for a fresh take on a quick, delicious meal. it's one box with hundreds of possibilities. of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant >>> an update on our breaking story. the mother wanted in market hill has been arrested in nevada. police arrested her, and martha francis just spoke to sheriff's deputies. >> reporter: marcy keelan is in custody. her baby is safe tonight. she was taken into custody in personally, nevada. where sheriff's deputyies found her with her baby. she is accused of using her daughter to shoplift from a grocery store. keelan was wanted on a $50,000 warrant on charges of burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. >> she answered the door and was taken into custody without incident. the 11-month-old baby boy is abs
with implications for gay couples all across the nation. the law that barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages now under attack today in new york. the defense of marriage act was passed by congress back in 1996 and it denied government benefits to same-sex couples. a federal appeals court is now set to hear arguments today challenging the constitutionality of that law. a ruling is not expected for several months. >>> an east bay schoolteacher remains in jail. he was arrested yesterday and held on $100,000 bail. he allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a former student. they are also checking to see if there are any more victims. >>> there are big safety changes on the way for a san mateo school where a girl was abducted, but the school says the changes won't officially be in place until monday. a fencing company has visited the school to start fixing gates around campus. parents will have to wait off campus before picking up their children. on friday 25-year-old bradley morzak allegedly walked into the school and dragged a 9-year-old student out from a school bath
expenditure overruns, higher cash costs. mine shutdowns from labor disputes to bad weather to government intervention. gold is in a lot of places that aren't sterling democrat says. mark bristol ceo of wrangle told us gold mining is not for sissies. i have pretty much sworn off the entire space. but what if there was a company that gave you the benefits of the gold mining business, name lit ability to find new gold and increase production, and we like growth, without all the short-term headaches, these risks that make owning the stock such a horror show. i think that could be a terrific buy especially in an environment where the price of gold keeps going higher. what is this company? it's sandstorm gold symbol sand. speculative canadian mine financing business. think of sandstorm as beinging a financer for gold miners. we're in an environment where miners have a lot of trouble getting financing. lenders aren't lending them money. they need more capital. take advantage of this high gold price. that's where sandstorm comes in they will give a gold miner immediate money up front in exchange
clarification on exactly what happened from the afghan government and the u.s. government is trying to put together a consistent story. >> you know u.s. troops have been on high alert all weeklong, everywhere i've gone with u.s. troops, and even in cases where we're able to relax a bit and take off our body armor, there are some soldiers that remain armed and ready. these are the guardian angels now in many cases on alert. >> reporter: well, right now the mission is for american troops and marines to stay with the afghans, to train them, to be partners, buddies, if you will. but at the same time they're being told keep your distance. so when medical training takes place, when fire exercises take place, now american troops will have a bodyguard standing by, and that definitely erodes trust and it cuts away at the mission. for years we've been seeing orders coming down telling american troops, take off your helmets, take off your sunglasses, and now we're seeing orders, yes, build trust but make sure you have a bodyguard present. >> richard engel with me in kabul. richard, thank you very muc
the streets erupt in violence in greece and spain. people there reacting to their government's austerity plans. scott mcgrunow. those people have a lot to use. so does the country. >> reporter: everyone does. they've grown used to easy credit. high pension payments. lots of government services. this is what it looks like when you take that away. 50,000 people joined a union organized march in athens. violence broke out. there a general strike there as well. and we are hearing about tremendous violence. these pictures just very new to our newsroom this morning. 64 people were injured in a similar protest in madrid, spain. spain, greece, other countries are in serious debt. they're having trouble borrowing more money. because their interest rates are so high, no one will lend them money, at least not cheaply. that means something has to give. in this case, it's all the benefits the crowd got used to enjoying. curiously, germany, the most stable economy in europe, reported this morning it is having some trouble selling some its bonds. no doubt wall street will keep a careful watch on this situa
to govern these cars. they have always needed special permission from local authorities but no longer the case once the bill becomes law starting next year. the bill is not without its critics. there are privacy concerns because in the future autonomous cars would have to share data with other autonomous cars to avoid collisions on the road. we're talking about gps and sensor data that would be collected and disseminated from a central location. basically tracking your movement and letting people know where you're at. an amendment to the bill wants to tell drivers how they share that information but a group called consumer watchdog thinks the amendment needs to do a better job to protect car owners from hackers. they also don't believe the bill would adequately address the issue whether the gps information would be available when not in autonomous mode. governor brown here later today for that bill signing at 1:00. bob redell, "today in the bay." >>> it is 5:04 right now. one east bay city is drawing up new rules for pot clubs. san leandro leaders drafting an odor noons medical mariju
the country are being given a warning not to try to cheat the government through the use of computerized records technology. the justice department and health and human services are focusing on what's called upcoding or raising the severity of a patient's condition to get more money. >>> and it is peak viewing time for a beautiful sight, the northern lights. these spectacular photographs were taken over the past couple of days in yellow knife, canada. doesn't get much better than that. >>> now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow closed at 13,558 after falling 20 points yesterday. the s&p was down three. the nasdaq lost 19. >>> taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei gained 22 points while in hong kong the hang seng was up 3. >>> gloomy data out of europe and another corporate caution flag. stalled markets monday. minutes before the closing bell caterpillar cut its earnings forecasts for 2015 citing weakness in the world economy sending shares lower in trade. europe's biggest economy is still struggling dampened the investment
government-subsidized student loans for college, while governor romney supported temporary extension of those loans. he'd like to see the private sector a lot more involved. >> interesting part. my next year's gathering we'll know who will be carrying out these policies. >> we will indeed. >> raheema ellis here with us for the past few days, thank you. >>> the supreme court has agreed to take up a case that's going to decide if a police officer can get a blood sample from a suspected drunk driver without having a warrant. it's a case from missouri where blood was drawn from the suspect without his consent. the trial court ruled it violated his right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure under the fourth amendment. another court disagreed, and now the supreme court will decide the case next year. >>> when we continue from new york on a tuesday night, they called it a catch, but by which team and which ref for that matter? the bad call heard around the football world has spanned across the country, howling mad at the nfl, and later apartment slightly larger than a toaster oven in a majo
earthquake drill. the government hopes safety measures like taking cover under desks and benches will the take away. ironically, just minutes before the drill a 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit new zealand's west coast. >>> one of australia's largest aquariums has reopened for business. sydney's sea life aquarium was closed for nine months during its $10 million refurbishment. it was worth the wait though with the main attraction being introduced called the shark walk. look how cool that is. it's a glass viewing area featuring over 50 of the ocean's largest predators. he's smiling. how large? well, some of the creatures had to be brought in by crane. >>> and finally, one sky driver's dream to become supersonic is about to become reality. felix baumgartner will attempt to break the world record for the highest altitude sky dive when he jumps from the edge of space on october 8th. a giant balloon will carry the 43-year-old in a space capsule 23 miles above new mexico where he's going to make his leap. he has successfully completed several test jumps in preparation for this. but, you kn
a $15 billion package of spending cuts. greece's next bailout payment is hinging on the government's agreement of further spending cuts. >>> tesla's shares are hanging on a day after the stock fell. scott mcgrew, there are a lot of challenges ahead for the east bay carmaker. >> tesla filed this with the sec. it is a list of problems that may be ahead. do understand that financial statements are gloomy because the company has to say we warned you about this or that. there is a line on page 11 saying because the company stores batteries for use in cars and factories, there is a chance the factory could burn down. they have to warn about everything. if you drill down into the language, there are interesting facts. 1,000 people have canceled their model s orders and the company warns problems obtaining parts means not only will production slow, but they have to change the design to compensate. also, the epa changed the way the electric carmakers are supposed to measure mileage, but tesla hasn't run the model s through the tests. it is concerned the tests will reveal the s will not go a
act which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions. 83-year-old edith windsor filed a lawsuit over a $363,000 federal tax bill she received after the woman she married died in 2009. windsor would have been exempt from the taxes if she had been married to a man. >>> nasa will hold a conference call to present findings from the curiosity rover's mission to mars' gail crater. >>> and happy birthday to actress gwyneth paltrow. she turns 40 years old today. >>> all day long, you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch brian williams with "nbc nightly news." >>> and, finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. meet a man who's become an internet sensation after posting a series of photo-shopped pictures of him and his daughter that he calls "world's best father." >>> and actress and former talk show host alana stewart shares stories from her new memoire "rear view mirror." >>> and now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weathe
class. >> reporter: mr. obama's idea includes tax hikes on the wealthy and more government spending on infrastructure. he is making it the new center piece of a tv ad for the closing argument. >> if i could sit down with you at the table or in the living room, here is what i would say. >> reporter: mitt romney focused on the deep ties to the military, warning that devastating job losses are coming if congress and the president went through with potential defense cuts. >> the impact will be immediate and significant right here in virginia. 136,000 jobs will be lost in virginia as a result of this move. >> reporter: this new feeling reflects the idea that many have voted. in 2008, nearly a third of all voters cast ballots before election day this year the number could grow to 40%, but in some of the key swing states the number could even be higher, more than half of all voters in colorado, florida, nevada and north carolina cast their ballots early four years ago. voting is under way in virginia, which could be the new political bellwether, mr. obama won there earlier, identical to hi
. the government says it only does what the courts allow. >>> the producer of the anti-muslim film that infuriated muslims around the world has been arrested, not for the movie, but an alleged probation violation from a check fraud violation which could mean prison. >>> actor johnny lewis who appeared in the tv show "sons of anarchy" was found dead thursday in los angeles. police say he was suspected in the killing of an 81-year-old woman who may have been his landlord. lewis, who once dated katy perry, either fell or jumped off the roof. >>> nasa is taking a very close look at new photos from mars that show pebbles rounded off. now scientists say it may be a sign that water once flowed on the red planet, possibly enough to fill a stream. >>> now here's an early look at how wall street's going to kick off the day. the dow closed at 13,485 after adding 72 points yesterday. the s&p gained 13. the nasdaq climbed 42. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei dropped 79 points but in hong kong the hang seng was up 78. >>> well, aggressive budget cutting from one of europe's tr
act. the law states that the federal government will only recognize traditional marriages. that means no federal benefits, even where same-sex marriage is legal. >> same-sex couples are denied hundreds of different rights and benefits that are provided to married different-sex couples under federal law. >> the last term supreme court decisions paving the way for the affordable care acts and arizona's new immigration law. >>> now to decision 2012. this morning, debate prep for president obama and mitt romney who are getting ready for the first faceoff on wednesday. trac tracie potts has a look. >> reporter: the president is preparing to face mitt romney in denver on wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but, what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are downplaying expectations. romney will be prepared and disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> president obama will be f formidable. i would not under estimate. >> reporter: john
to come up with rules governing these cars. google has been testing the cars for years now but it needed special permission from local authorities to do so. starting next year, no permission necessary with the signing of this bill. this bill is not without its critics. there are privacy concerns because in the future autonomous cars would have to share data with other autonomous cars to avoid collisions on the road. we're talking about gps and sensor information that would be collected and disseminated from a central location, basically tracking your movement and location. an amendment requires that car makers tell drivers how it shares that kind of information but there's a group called consumer watchdog that thinks that amendment falls short. concerned about whether or not that info could be hacked and whether or not that info could only be used in autonomous modes are some of the concerns. again, the governor will be here around 1:00 for that signing here at google headquarters in mountain view. bob redell, "today in the bay." >>> time to check in with meteorologist christina loren fo
with just 90 employees but similar technology and pr risk involved taking money from the government these days, solar power will likely be in the spotlight for some time. jessica? >>> decision 2012 now. you will be able to register to vote on election day, just not this year. the governor signed into law today a measure that would allow you to register to vote on election day, but the law goes into effect january 1st. however, it won't be fully implemented until 2014 or 2015. that's when the secretary of state will begin operating vote cal. it's a voting database that allows realtime verification of who is registered to vote. california will now join ten other states that already allows some form of election day registration. >>> it's been on oakland mayor's jaquan's to-do list when a design of the controversial i.d. card will be shown to the city council. nbc bay area obtained a mock-up of one of those cards today. it features the person's name, address and photograph. it would serve not only as an i.d. but a debit card as well. locals could load up to $3,000 on it and use it at lo
was completely borne out as factually accurate, corroborated by others. this was the reason the government did go to bat for him. >> butler choked back tears as he apologized to the community, law enforcement, and family. >> i think he is genuinely sorry. because it was for 51-year-old person, a limited period of his life where he just got off the track. and there are a lot of reasons for it, it's nobody else's fault but his, and he's very sorry. >> reporter: now, things could have been much worse for butler. he faced a minimum of 12 1/2 years behind bars under the sentencing guidelines. actually the sentence the probation officer recommended. but because he is cooperating with the government and is willing to testify against his alleged co-conspirator norman welsh, he got the lighter sentence. we did talk to welsh's attorney tonight, and he says he's shocked by the eight-year sentence claiming butler has lied every step of the way. reporting live in oakland, nbc bay area news. >>> new tonight at 6:00, a demand for more answers. the father of a bay area teenager who died during a spiritual retrea
importantly, the u.s. government is still a big shareholder and that stock's going up, boom, you get slapped upside the head with a big gob of gm stock if it goes too high. bulls in the china shop, it's still important to temper your expectations. too many stocks go up on a whiff of stimulus. many stocks will go down if there's none. >>> coming up, answering the call. >> they have want to come on the show to tell me why i'm too bearish, they're welcome. >> eight by eight gave us a ring. cramer is all ears when the company's ceo gets in the hot seat just ahead. >>> it is time for the lightning round. are you ready skee-daddy? time for the lightning round. brian in maryland. brian? >> caller: jim, good evening, we love jim cramer and staff in tacoma park, maryland. >> i'm loving that and my staff loves it too because they're the best there is. what's up? >> caller: please talk to us sir about pan american corporation. >> i prefer the slv, there are a lot of people @jimcramer saying i don't like silver. i don't dislike silver, i just like gold more. >> arlene in california. >> caller: jim, my s
on multiple volunteer boards but how taxpayers are paying for it. >> the reaction to the govern governor's signing of a controversial bill. >>> and welcome news for caltrain riders. stay with us. [ woman ] dear chex cereal, i've never written a fan letter before, but you've done what i thought was impossible: you made good-for-you, gluten-free cereals in a whole bunch of yummy flavors. cinnamon chex and honey nut chex are two of our favorites. when my husband rob found the chocolate one, we were in cereal heaven. the only problem is, with so many great flavors you're making it very hard to choose. so thanks. from your fans, the mcgregor family. 'cause we love chex. [ male announcer ] love chex? connect with us on facebook. >>> opening statements in the trial of a woman accused of killing 26-year-old nursing student michelle lei. prosecutors began by showing a photograph of her smiling and then later a surveillance photo of her heading into the parking lot where she was last seen in may of last year. lei's body was found four months later between sunol and pleasanton. prosecutors say that
security goals toppling the taliban government and destroying al qaeda bases were both accomplished here a decade ago. and the cost, around $600 billion. $8 billion a month. and there are two more years to go. the afghan government of president hamid karzai washington helped put in place is widely considered one of the most corrupt in the world. the u.s. has helped train about 350,000 afghan security forces. the target number. but they're not always loyal. 20% of american combat deaths this year came from afghan forces shooting their american partners. many afghans fear, the government may not be able to hold the country together once u.s. troops leave in 2014. there could be a civil war. >> keep going a little bit more. >> reporter: among u.s. forces, morale remains high. but some are annoyed the war has been ignored in the u.s. presidential campaign. all four of doc coughlin's brothers serve in the military. he's on his second tour in afghanistan. he knows americans aren't talking much about the troops anymore. >> initially when the war kicked off, there was a lot of coverage and a lot
the government its like button is something special. >> scott mcgrew is here to explain. >> good morning. these like buttons are everywhere, not just on facebook. when you click a like button on a news article or picture somewhere else on the internet, facebook still keeps that data. that's a problem if the person doing the clicking is under 13. the children's online privacy protection act says you can't record what kids are doing online. so in a letter this morning facebook wants the justice department to consider the "like" button part of a free speech right instead of just a way to collect data. now, the irony in all this is kids under 13 aren't allowed on facebook in the first place but facebook is realistic here. it doesn't want kids as members but it knows it has kids as members and it is collecting that data. for right now that's contrary to the law. >>> russian prime minister dmitry medvedev welcoming facebook head mark zuckerberg to moscow yesterday. today zuckerberg will lecture at moscow state university. russia has a growing i.t. industry. in fact some of the biggest investor
to do away with the defense of marriage act which bars the government from giving federal benefits to married same-sex couples. >>> decision 2012. just a little more than a month away, and this week the presidential debates begin. president obama and mitt romney both preparing for their first debate in denver wednesday night. both sides already planning their post bedadebate rallies. coming up at 6:50, a live report from capitol hill with a look at why both sides are downplaying expectations while at the same time pressuring one another on foreign policy. >>> all right. let's check in welcome back weather right now. this story here has come up a little bit short so i think we need to change here. >> certainly not the forecast. >> no, the forecast smoking hot. christina loren, you're halving. >> i'd like to give it back to mother nature. as we head throughout the afternoon, it is going to be a scorcher. in fact what's bizarre is that this is actually the second monday of fall and we're talking about the potential for the hottest day of the year. the hottest day of 2012, first day of
refinery fire. they want to know what steps government agens are taking to try to prevent incidents like that from ever happening again. chevron is issuing an industry alert about the corrosion in the pipe that caused the blaze. the pipe was manufactured with a low level of silicon which allowed the metal to corrode faster than expected. though the pipe was inspected, the flaw was never reported. >>> today is the final day of testimony in the trial of the san francisco police crime lab technician accused of taking lab samples. police say debra madden skimmed cocaine from the city's crime lab back in 2009. attorneys are expected to wrap up their cases today. if all goes as planned, there will be closing arguments on monday. if convicted, madden could face up to four years in prison. >>> a marin county judge has granted a trial delay for an alleged serial killer but not as much time as he wanted. he wanted the trial postponed from november to february. if not longer. the judge agreed to push jury selection until january. he is acting as his own attorney. he has hired and fired a series of
's the sentence the probation officer recommended. but because he has cooperated with the government and agreed to testify against his alleged co-conspirator norman welsh, he got the lighter eight-year sentence. norman welsh's attorney says he is shocked by this sentence. he told me tonight he still believes that butler was the mastermind of it all who he says has lied every step of the way. reporting live in oakland, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> jodi, thank you. >>> in the south bay now, they're calling it a horrible, irreversible mistake. that's how the santa clara county district attorney is classifying the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy who was the son of a san jose police officer. today the d.a.'s office announced the boy accidentally killed himself with his father's weapon. investigators are not filing criminal charges against officer brandon orlando. they athe shooting did not meet all the required elements for charging him with the criminal storage of a fire arm. the shooting happened at the family's home in gilroy on july 5th after the boy found his father's gun in the
that controversial youtube video that mocks islam and are demanding the u.s. government punish the filmmaker. >>> an actress in that youtube film has filed another lawsuit claiming copyright infringement. she filed a lawsuit this week. garcia says she claims she owns the rights to her performance in that movie because she never signed a release. the lawsuit demands youtube remove the clip from its website. garcia sued youtube in state court last week to remove that video. that suit was denied. >> scott mcgrew says no matter what the courts decide, that case will have interesting legal ramifications. >> you are absolutely right by saying courts. this is going to wind its way through several courts by the time it's done. and the ramifications of this, imagine if anyone appearing in any youtube video could claim copyright. of course, the actress in question wants the video off the internet now. so attached to that lawsuit are dozens of what we call takedown notices under the dmca. many video companies, including youtube on occasion, have removed videos from their service just based on a takedow
pack the house in oakland tonight. >> government's not supposed to be run like a business. >> yes, that is roseanne barr and she's laying out her platform to the people at oaksterdam. we asked her, is she serious? >>> also, cell phone video shows the midair meltdown that landed a model in jail. find out why passengers had their hands full for more than three hours. >>> these pictures are proof water once flowed on the red planet. we will tell you why. >>> we may have a little bit of water on that seven-day forecast. we'll be tracking our next chance of showers. right now it's all about the warmup inland temperatures on friday in the mid-90s, that's going to produce some poor air quality for this weekend. i'll let you know when we could hit 100 degrees coming up in a few. >>> new at 11:00 tonight from comedian to leader of the free world? a woman known for making people laugh is hoping you'll send her to the white house. roseanne barr is running for president, and pot is part of her platform. is it a publicity stunt? not according to barr. kimberly terry is there. let me get this r
. >>> a big victory for guy rights activists. a government is changing its policy when it comes to undocumented immigrants when it comes to americans who have same-sex partners. janet napolitano announced today that the undocumented immigrants will be eligible to have their deportations put on hold. democratic lawmakers and guy rights activists have been pressing for this move. it marks the first time same-sex couples have been recognized for immigration relief, but the decision to grant reprieves would still be considered on a case-by-case basis. >>> a rare apology from apple. it's ceo tim cook says the new maps systems doesn't live up to company standards. so what is now? here is business and tech reporter scott mcgrew. >> reporter: few people appreciated when they lined up for the new iphone one of the most useful applications google maps would be replaced with this, apple maps. so inaccurate to be useless if you're looking for, say, san jose's valley christian high school. apple says it's on the corner of branham and meridian. it is not. in an open letter posted online this
is also facing numerous challenges. the law states that the federal government will only recognize traditional marriages, meaning no federal benefits action even where same-sex marriage is legal. >> same-sex couples are denied hundreds of different rights and benefits that are provided to married different sex couples under federal law. >> reporter: on the docket as well, whether to curtail parts of the historic voting rights act of 1965. it mandates federal oversight for states with a history of voting discrimination when changing any rules for elections. challengers say the law is outdated and unnecessary. a big lineup of cases that could change the landscape of civil rights in america. frances coe, nbc news. >>> a little more than a month away from decision 2012 and this week the presidential debates begin. president obama and mitt romney both preparing for their first debate in denver wednesday night. republicans are calling for more pressure on the president's foreign policy. in today's "wall street journal" romney calls mr. obama's policies dangerous. both sides are downplayi
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rights activists. the government is changing its policy when it comes to same-sex partners that are undocumented. the undocumented immigrants will be able to have their deportations put on hold. democratic lawmakers and guy rights anctivists have been pressing for the move. it's the first time they have been recognized for immigration relief but the decision to grant reprieves would still be considered on a case by case basis. >>> well, it's nearly october but tomorrow is a spare the air day and it's going to feel like summer. jeff ranieri joins me in the weather center with a look at this. it's going to be a little sizzler. >> that's right. for the next few days we have a multi-layered heat event. we're going to start by putting this in perspective. when san francisco starts to get warm, then we definitely have hot weather inland. today it was not warm. it was 65. this time last year we had 90. no doubt, september is, as many of you know, can get very warm. what we're expecting by this sunday is temperatures in the mid-to upper 70s. so above average near record setting for
government president -- wow -- adam rotti who is studying political science. >> all right. are you ready? >> question one. >> yes. >> which of the following is not a college mascot? "a," the fighting pickle? "b" -- >> keep going. keep going. >> banana slug, the leafy sea dragons or the trolls? >> go. >> the leafy thing. >> the leafy sea dragon. university of georgia school of the arts. while the trolls are from trinity college. question two. in the climactic scene in the film "rudy," what football team is notre dame playing when rudy finally gets in the game? university of southern california? georgia tech? university of michigan? or "d," university of tennessee? >> get it right. >> come on, you're on your own. >> michigan. >> not university of michigan. what do you think? >> georgia tech? >> georgia tech. okay. next question. listen up. on the periodic table of elements, the symbols "k" and "h" each stand for what? is it -- >> oh, oh! >> tennessee. >> natural resources. >> helium, carbon and mercury, potassium and hydrogen or krypton and hydrogen? >> potassium and hydrogen. >> it's pota
is interesting, it's a state that economically is doing very well. a lot of government workers in northern virginia. a minority population that might turn out in bigger numbers, more african-american population, but a growing hispanic population and yes it's got some southern roots that should help romney. i think it's the ultimate swing state. this year's florida or ohio. >> but florida still matters. >> florida matters big and if somehow the president wins it, it's checkmate. you go through the scenario, if romney is going to cede ohio. it's the move of ohio. where romney cannot seem to connect with white working-class voters, he's doing this big bus trip, it's the move of ohio, he's got to win both florida and ohio. if you're romney, you see florida getting in your column before you see virginia. >> 15 minutes after the hour. and here's matt. >>> the head of the international monetary fund is calling for urgent action from lawmakers here in the u.s. and europe to turn around the global economy. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell recently sat down with her. andrea
're getting much more strategic and deeper in some of the largest banks in telcos and government agencies in the world. >> look, jim, thank you. i think that because your stock moved up so much i think people are taking shots. but to me what you're doing is building business and that's what we want. so thank you, jim, president and ceo of redhat. great to see you, sir. >> great to be on. talk to you soon. >> all right, guys, stock is up huge. it's up 30% more. this market got really ugly and tough for technology so i understand why the stock can go down on some little bit of nugget. but, remember, this is still a very big growth business and i don't like a lot of technology stocks here. this one can hold up under close scrutiny, even as i'm sure it can go down a couple of days because it didn't blow in the numbers. "mad money" is back after this. >> announcer: keep up with cramer all day long. follow @jimcramer on twitter, #madtweets. what a bargain! [ female announcer ] sometimes a good deal turns out to be not such a good deal. but bounty gives you value you can see. in this lab demo, o
government like solyndra. there are differences. for instance, this facility that you're at is in portland. it is much smaller than solyndra's building. in fact they said their approach is much more modest and we'll deem you posted. it has been a big day for facebook. the company rolling out a new gifts feature. a way to find, buy and send presents to your facebook friends from your mobile phone. this comes from the company's purchase of a san francisco company called karma a few months ago. facebook also looking to give a big gift to young people on their way to college, hosting a hackathon to encourage developers to make new apps to help those looking for higher education. >> i think the optimal -- >> reporter: they're hacking education. >> we design what the pages will look like. >> reporter: trying to make the process of getting into college more social. >> there are other issues. >> reporter: developers from all over the country gathering at facebook headquarters to create ams aimed at making applying for college smoother. >> first, it meets kids where they are. we know that kids are
't it? >> yeah. they're talking about passing a law, the government is talking about drafting a law in india that would require husbands to pay the salary of the wife. he might think it through before he asks you to marry him. right? look at hoda. >> you're right. okay. here's the thing -- and i think this is the case. a woman doesn't want to ask -- if her husband's making the money, a woman doesn't want to say, honey, can i have money so i can go to the grocery store? can i have money -- it's gross, a terrible feeling. you don't want to do that. you have earned it because you're doing a lot. >> these are the things nobody wants to talk about when they're in love. nobody wants to talk about the things that actually will keep you in love if you actually take the time to talk them over and discuss it and know what's expected of you and how it's going to work before you get married. >> i know. you're so ga-ga you don't care about those things. and then it hits you. and it ruins your life. >> i'm going off today for a wedding. i'm excited. my niece is marrying a lovely guy named mark. i
administration but is urging congress to do away with the defense of marriage act which bars the government with giving federal benefits to married same-sex couples. >>> young undocumented immigrants will soon be eligible to get a driver' license in california. a new law signed by governor jerry brown allows immigrants to apply f a license if they qualify for the new federal work permit program. they must be 30 years or younger and must have come to the united states before they were 16. the new law takes effect january 1st. >>> another new law will now require parents who choose not to have their children immunized sign a form indicating they understand the risks and benefits of vaccines. the goal is to ensure parents are educated on the purpose of vaccines so they can make fully informed decisions on whether to opt out. that new law takes effect in january of 2014. >>> the time is 5:20. coming up, you might want to grab those reusable bags. the plastic bag ban is expanding in another city today. >>> plus former governor arnold schwarzenegger releases his tell-all autobiography today. what
at the richmond refinery. they want to know what steps government agencies are taking to prevent another fire from happening again. chevron for its part is issuing an industry alert about the corrosion in the pipe that caused the blaze. the plant manager said the pipe was made with a low level of silicon which let the metal corrode faster than expected. though the pipe was inspected, the flaw was not reported. >>> fighting back during an attack may land you in the hospital. an examination of muggings on san francisco streets finds resistance usually doesn't help. in the end, the bad guy usually gets what he wants. bob redell is live with more on the uptick in crime and what police say happens to those who try to fight back. bob, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, jon. numbers from sfpd show that if you are robbed while out and about here in san francisco, if you are mugged, there is a very good chance you're going to get hurt regardless of what you do. this is based on reporting done by the "examiner" which used statistics from police. there were roughly 100 mugs in late august, early
government to reduce the number of students it suspends. christie smith is live in oakland with details on this agreement and what it will now mean for the students there. christie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, jon. yeah, late last night the board unanimously approved this agreement with the office of civil rights. as you said, the goal really is to reduce overall suspensions here in oakland, but that includes african-american students as special ed students who they found are much more likely to be sent home. the numbers are surprising. african-american students make up about a third of oakland public school students, but they receive 63% of all the suspensions given out. the u.s. department of education launched an investigation into this back in may, into whether the district treated black students more harshly than white students. now that the board has approved this agreement what, this means is that the investigation stops at a five-year action plan starts to move toward to what they're calling restorative justice and reject their old zero tolerance policy punis
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